Driveway Curb Appeal Updates


As you may know, our home sits on a good-sized lot—we have just under an acre and a half, which can be quite a handful to manage. As much as I’d like to have a good portion of that beautiful and landscaped, it’s not remotely in the budget. So over the past almost 4 years now, we’ve been taking baby steps, choosing a certain area to tackle each Spring.

2 years ago, we had the 22-100+ ft pine trees that lined our circular driveway removed. As much as we loved them and the privacy they provided, we had multiple scares with large fallen limbs, that we didn’t want to risk them damaging our home or our neighbor’s homes.

After removing 22 pine trees, we knew we would eventually need to add some landscaping to our driveway area.

Last year I spent some time refining my “courtyard” garden.

And this year, we’re finally tackling our driveway circle. Someone on Instagram recently referred to it as a motorcourt, and while I’d never heard that term before, it fits perfectly!

The center of this circular driveway features a grassy area in the center, just waiting for some love.

So I devised a plan to make the center of our motorcourt more functional and beautiful. My vision included a small pea gravel patio with a fire pit area, surrounded by lovely landscaping with boxwoods and hydrangeas.

We even got started on the plan, using leftover gravel from our courtyard garden. However, after learning it wasn’t recommended to cover land above a septic tank due to weight and soil concerns, we had to abandon that idea faster than you can say “gravel.”

With that plan canceled, we decided to add the boxwoods to the outside perimeter of the driveway to create a welcoming entrance instead.

I collaborated with Fast Growing Trees, and ordered 15-7 gallon boxwoods. They shipped super fast and arrived packaged to perfection.👌🏾😍

Each plant was carefully secured, ensuring they reached me in prime condition. As I unwrapped them, I was immediately impressed by their vibrant green foliage and healthy appearance.

These boxwoods transformed our home’s entrance, adding both interest and structure. Their lush, dense leaves create a classic and elegant look that complements our landscape beautifully.

Not to mention the pop of color they’ll provide during the winter months when everything else looks dreary.🌿

These evergreen beauties will keep our front yard looking lively and inviting all year round.

Fast Growing Trees:

If you’re considering an upgrade to your outdoor space, I highly recommend checking out Fast Growing Trees. They offer a wide selection of plants and exceptional customer service. Plus, for first-time customers, you can use the code Carli15 to get 15% off your order.


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Transforming our driveway with stunning boxwoods from Fast Growing Trees! Learn how we enhanced our home's entrance with lush greenery, adding beauty and structure all year round.


  1. Victoria
    June 4, 2024 / 4:43 am

    Looks more like a carriage drive to me. I love how abundant it looks with fresh mulch. In England we have a real problem with box blight so I wouldn’t risk those here, but they do look neat. You can try some topiary!

  2. Becky
    June 8, 2024 / 6:55 am

    Love it! Just beautiful.

  3. April
    June 15, 2024 / 8:36 am

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

    • madebycarli
      June 19, 2024 / 11:28 am

      Thank you April <3

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